Alchemy Spinning Workshop at Grace Cathedral

Alchemy Spinning Workshop at Grace Cathedral

Discover the Power of Whirling Workshop at Spacious Grace Arts Festival

February 22, 2020, 10am-1pm

Would you like to whirl in a big cathedral? Join us for an unforgettable workshop at the Grace Cathedral as part of Spacious Grace, the cathedral’s annual free-form arts festival when we remove the pews and invoke the muse. Now in its sixth year, Spacious Grace runs from February 7 to 22. Grace Cathedral shares San Francisco’s diverse and innovative character and strives to make the city and the world a better place for all. It is a sacred space and a place for community, through spiritual practice, public engagement, social justice and the arts.

This workshop is an invitation to explore and deepen our Alchemy Spinning practice –a powerful and yet accessible whirling modality at the intersection of mindfulness and movement, which promotes an intense creative and personal blossoming.

Whirling, rather than being a goal or a destination, becomes a spiral journey towards greater body wisdom, self-expression and self-knowledge.

In this workshop we will use different forms of dance, movement, breath work, meditation, and whirling dance.

For years Raquel Santiago  has been exploring the whirling dances of the world to understand and distill their benefits, and to connect these with other disciplines and somatic wisdom traditions. The result is a truly unique discipline that bridges the somatic and the transpersonal realms, and that opens up new frontiers of discovery to professional dancers, dance lovers and novices alike.

What you will learn

  • Develop a whirling super mindfulness practice
  • Expand your consciousness, and reach a higher potential.
  • Learn how to root yourself in the Earth
  • Learn how to make energy flow along your spine.
  • Balance your brain hemispheres.
  • Activate your vertical axis –which connects Heaven and Earth along our spine.
  • Activate your horizontal axis –which crosses our heart and projects our being into the world
  • Connect your inner spirals with the larger spiral movements of our planet, our solar system, our galaxy, and beyond.
  • Unleash our own power to heal yourself, your relationships, and the world.

The Alchemy Spinning™ practice is open to people of all ages, levels, and physical conditions.

We typically start off with nurturing, meditative, somatic practices that will prepare our bodies, minds and spirits for whirling. Once we are ready, we will create a safe, open space to share in the transformative experience of whirling.  At the end of each session we will open a space for group integration and sharing.

VenueGrace Cathedral,1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Cost: $40-50 Sliding scale/ $35 Early Bird until February 15th, 2020.

***Register here

After the workshop there will be a whirling performance by Raquel Santiago, more info and register here

**More info about Spacious Grace Festival here

Discover The Power of Whirling Workshop at Montalvo Arts Center

Discover The Power of Whirling Workshop at Montalvo Arts Center

Discover the Power of Whiling- Alchemy Spinning, Introductory Workshop at Montalvo Arts Center.

This class is an entry point for anybody curious about the relationship between mind and movement. Inspired by Sufi Dervishes and other whirling dances of the world, Alchemy Spinning™ makes the physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits of whirling available to everybody. This accessible, pleasurable, and powerful super-mindfulness practice takes your body, mind, and spirit through a journey of self-discovery, expanded consciousness, and higher potential. Instructor Raquel Santiago will prepare and guide you in dance, movement, and contemplative whirling practices to induce a state of expanded consciousness.

Experience an expanded state of consciousness

Become more aware, present and embody

Discover your own true power to heal your life

Unleash your creativity and your artistic expression

Awaken joy, inner peace, and compassion towards self and others

Open to everybody. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Date: March 25, 2019, 6:00-9:30pm
Location: Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Rd, Saratoga, CA, 95071

Cost: $45

Inviting Silence Amidst Chaos

Inviting Silence Amidst Chaos

Inviting Silence amidst Chaos is an Alchemy Spinning™ dance performance series from different cities around the world. Raquel Boluda uses the power of Alchemy Spinning™ to create a space of silence and presence in the midst of chaos of the cities.

These videos were filmed in Seattle and Barcelona.  Madrid and San Francisco are coming soon!

Dancer: Raquel Boluda

Camera Barcelona: Marta Romero Coll and Georgina Asin Macias

Camera Seattle: Manuel Maqueda

Idea, Film Edition: Raquel Boluda

Photo by Chris Jordan.

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